Peter D. Kube

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Ocean acidification is anticipated to decrease calcification and increase dissolution of shelled molluscs. Molluscs with thinner and weaker shells may be more susceptible to predation, but not all studies have measured negative responses of molluscs to elevated pCO2. Recent studies measuring the response of molluscs have found greater variability at the(More)
Farm animals suffer constant bombardment with cocktails of infectious pathogens present in the environment. Eliminating these pathogens from farms is not always feasible. Therefore, improving the resilience of animals, i.e. their ability to maintain high production levels whilst infected, may constitute a desirable defence strategy. Despite compelling(More)
The concepts of environmental resilience, robustness and tolerance in domestic livestock species are discussed in general and illustrated using specific examples from the Australian Merino industry. It is discussed how these concepts relate to the more commonly known notion of genotype x environment (GxE) interaction. The Merino sheep breed consists of(More)
Failure of ewe robustness has negative impacts on flock profitability. It leads to loss of productivity, additional costs through regaining of body reserves and substantial wastage due to death or culling. However, breeding for robustness or resilience in sheep is hampered by lack of a clear understanding of the trade-off between maintenance of body(More)
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